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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Tuskegee SyphilisTrials Why? One of the patients being "treated" Scientists had no reason to conduct this study except wanting to know what would happen when you left syphillis untreated. This is front page news from July 25, 1972. Jean Heller wrote article about a 40-year nontherapeuticexperiment called "a study" on the effects of untreated syphilis on Black men in the rural south. Unfortunately none, the only thing that came out of this was pain. 28 of the men had died directly because of syphilis, another 100 were dead of symptoms, 40 of their wives had been infected with syphilis, and 19 of their children were born with congenital syphilis The study was titled "Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male." This study obviously targeted black males who lived in Alabama. Scientists were testing if people with syphilis were better off without treatment because known treatments were ineffective. Scientists told the men that they were getting free health care but actually knowingly infected them with syphilis. The scientists had no informed consent, and went on with the study without telling patients ofthe potential dangers. Despite penicillin being discovered in 1928 they refusedto treat any of the patients. Myles Miller and Jack Dozier Ethics Scientific Developments NYT News article Who and What was this study about? Source: OPSEC news The front of the newspaper was headlined "Germ Warfare Decalred Against Blacks!" and continued to read " Hundreds of Black men discovered Massacared in syphillis 'Experiment'.".This kind of experimentation is unjust on many levels, it is unacceptable to use any humans asGuinea pigs. Government Reaction This case was done horribly wrongand the government took actions tomake sure it never happened again.The National Research Act in 1974created a commission to controlclinical trials. Also, the US Departmentof Health and Human Services createdan organization to oversee researchtested on humans.
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